Monitoring is the regular observation and recording of a system

Monitoring allows us to better understand our natural environment through the process of collecting and analyzing information. The research design for the Living Lab includes a comprehensive plan for monitoring coastal processes and environmental conditions across all of our projects.

For example, our Real-time Monitoring in Boston Harbor project – launched in the fall of 2023 in partnership with Woods Hole Group and the City of Boston – provides real-time monitoring of waves, water level, and meteorological parameters in and along Boston Harbor.

The project is the next phase of work that the Lab has conducted since 2021, and provides a continuous timeseries of metocean data to evaluate normal conditions, changing climate, and storm conditions in Boston Harbor. All systems are real-time, and as such provide preliminary data to the web that can be viewed by the public as well as our researchers.

View data from our monitoring instruments: